We’ve so much to talk about this month. Not only is March National Bed Month, with the month in its entirety devoted to the subject of sleep. There’s also World Book Day, World Sleep Day, Mother’s Day and our clocks will spring forward for Daylight Saving. It’s certainly a time to reflect on relaxation, sleep and creating a lovely bedroom sanctuary to enjoy.
We’ve picked out the key dates below and made some suggestions on how to make the most of them.
National Bed Month 1st – 31st March
31 whole days dedicated to discussing our favourite topic! We love getting involved in the conversation about beds, bedding and how to sleep better, so head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to join in.
This is also a great season to invest in bed linens that’ll freshen up homes with a new spring look. Plus the weather is unpredictable at this time of year too. Adding a throw to your bed will inject a punch of colour and give your more versatility in terms of keeping your body at the right temperature when it gets cool at night.
Read more about National Bed Month and find some great ideas on sleeping well at the Sleep Council’s website.
Reading a bedtime story to your children creates so many special memories. It can develop speech and confidence and instil a love of books from a very early age. To celebrate this special day, we’ve picked out 10 of our favourite stories to read aloud:
- Peepo, Janet and Allan Ahlberg
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
- Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers
- Paper Dolls, Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb
- Mister Magnolia, Quentin Blake
- Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, Lynley Dodd
- Stick Man, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
- Meg and Mog, Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
- Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
A day when the entire world focuses on optimising its sleep and the benefits this can have on the body and mind. Find out more here.
Sunday 26th March – Mother’s Day
Why not treat your mum to a lovely lie in, followed by breakfast in bed this Mothering Sunday? And if you’re stuck on ideas for a gift we’ve put together our favourite present ideas that we know she’ll treasure – here.
Sunday 26th March (1am) – Daylight Saving
A bitter sweet moment in the annual calendar that signifies summer is on its way (but steals an hour of our sleep!) See our sleep tips to help you adjust to the lighter nights and warmer weather below:
Sound Sleep Tips for Summertime:
- Change to a lighter weight duvet with a lower tog rating. Browse our summer duvets here.
- Use natural fabrics that will draw moisture away from the body and regulate temperature.
- Introduce blackout blinds to trick the body into getting ready for sleep
- Alpaca Wool is hypoallergenic and can curb the effects of common allergies that are prevalent in summertime
- Wash bedding once a week to remove allergens and microbes that can increase in warmer temperatures